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Can emphysema be diagnosed by mri? And will it always progress and get worse?

Can emphysema be diagnosed by mri? And will it always progress and get worse?

PFTs..,: You can sometimes see signs of emphysema on MRI scans but it is typically diagnosed with pulmonary function testing. These test will show the chronic obstruction that defines copd. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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Could my cough get progressively worse if I have emphysema?

Could my cough get progressively worse if I have emphysema?

Possibly: Cough is one of several disabling symptoms in emphysema but is not usually life threatening. A number of remedies are available. ...Read more

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I have a friend who was diagnose with a touch of asbestos and emphysema, what is the best care can he get.

I have a friend who was diagnose with a touch of asbestos and emphysema, what is the best care can he get.

Emphysema: He should be under supervision of a lung specialist. In addition to the treatment of emphysema he has to be monitored for lung cancer. Asbestos may cause lung cancer (mesothelioma). ...Read more

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I had a CT done that radiologist stated that I have early signs of emphysema. I haven't smoked in seven years will the emphysema continue to get worse since I don't smoke anymore?

Yes but see below: Ct is not a good way to evaluate emphysema. You should get pulmonary function testing. That will tell you how bad your emphysema really is. Everybody's lung function gets worse with age. The best thing you ever did is quit smoking, that will slow your lung function's decline. Your ct does not necessarily correlate to your functional status or mean that you will be a pulmonary cripple. ...Read more

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I had a mcrp Mri and it showed non specific atelectasis bilateral lung bases. Could this be lung cancer or copd?

I had a mcrp Mri and it  showed non specific atelectasis bilateral lung bases.  Could this be lung cancer or copd?

Not cancer: Atelectasis is not cancer. It is essentially a sign that some areas of your lungs are not getting as much air due to either blockage or restriction of some reason. This can be seen with foreign objects in airways, scarring, infiltration or poor lung airway movement. ...Read more

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Ihaven't smoked in 28 years and I have just been told I have emphysema. Will that get worst?

Possibly: It could get worse with time, even though you quit smoking a while back. It is important to take your medications such as inhalers, as directed by your doctor in order to prevent further problems. ...Read more

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Docs, could a 3 year old child get emphysema?

Docs, could a 3 year old child get emphysema?

Yes: There are congenital forms of emphysema due to malformations in the development of the lung. In addition, if your child has had mechanical ventilation this may also be related. Prmg will review records faxed to 858 259 9689. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more